Smart home security cameras are more accessible today than they ever have been. New cameras come in all sorts of resolutions with all sorts of features. Not all smart home security cameras are equal, though. Just like a fine instrument, or a race card, smart home security cameras need to be installed properly, tested, and programmed. Here’s why.
First, you need to consider what resolution your camera is recording in. Cameras come in resolutions that record in 720P all the way to 4K. Depending on the camera you choose, that is going to change the positioning of that camera, camera recording settings, and camera storage settings. You can’t have a camera that is recording in 4K record every second of the day. That would require more storage space than is feasible to offer for a security camera. Likewise, if you are installing a 720P camera, you need to make sure it’s installed in a place where it can easily capture the details around it. Everything from exposure settings to motion sensitivity, to placement, affect these things.
The point of a security camera is to make sure that you capture footage of the events around your house. These could be anything from salespeople knocking on your door, to postal carriers leaving Amazon packages on your doorstep, to someone accidentally knocking over your mailbox. These events don’t happen in a fixed place meaning that an event could occur anywhere between your front door all the way to your street. They aren’t limited to the time of day either. Events could occur whether it’s bright and sunny or it is the middle of the night. Security cameras need to be programmed to adapt to these changing conditions.
That last bit I mentioned, about issues occurring at anytime of the day, is another subject we need to address. Smart home security cameras use various technologies to record at night. These technologies have varying degrees of success. Some can easily wash out an image at night while others can intelligently record images at night that have crisp detail. The problem with these night vision systems is that they need to be tuned for their surroundings.
Night vision is tricky. Most smart home security cameras use IR light to record at night. They utilize cameras without IR filters so they can shine IR light in an area without anyone seeing it and giving it away. IR light isn’t visible to the human eye. Likewise, IR light reflects differently than the typical light spectrum we can see. You’ll need someone that can analyze your environment and program the IR emitters on your smart home security cameras properly.
So, should you get a home security expert to program your home security cameras? Yes, you should. You might get good results installing them yourselves when there is good light, but you’ll quickly find that nighttime images or picture quality from distant objects can easily suffer unless a home security camera is properly installed.